Elsewhere, however, officials say they have no choice. In Colorado Springs, Colo., for instance, the city will no longer plow residential streets unless at least six inches of snow has accumulated.
And in Minneapolis, Mayor R. T. Rybak cut the snow-removal work force to 80 from 134 (though he did bring back several dozen workers temporarily to handle a big storm earlier this month). His goal: to trim the snow-removal budget by 17% in 2010.
"The cross-country skier in me wants the snow," Mr. Rybak said. "But the mayor in me wants 35 degrees and sunny."